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  1. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    I have tried ProtonVPN, but I do feel that 100€ a year is too expensive for what they offer.

    I have tried ProtonVPN, but I do feel that 100€ a year is too expensive for what they offer.

  2. Comment on What is the VPN that works best for you? in ~tech

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    Nice, thank you!

    Nice, thank you!

  3. Comment on The Outer Worlds won't launch on Steam, will be an Epic Games Store and Microsoft Store exclusive in ~games

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    Well expressed. I've had difficulty coming up with as solid anti-piracy measure, but I hadn't even noticed Autocad had a feature like that. What does it do? I think Gabe Newell expressed the...

    Well expressed. I've had difficulty coming up with as solid anti-piracy measure, but I hadn't even noticed Autocad had a feature like that. What does it do?

    I think Gabe Newell expressed the piracy problem best:

    "We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy. Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem," he said. "If a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24 x 7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable."

    The purpose of Steam is to provide as much value not only to the customer but also to other game publishers. "Our success comes from making sure that both customers and partners (e.g. Activision, Take 2, Ubisoft...) feel like they get a lot of value from those services, and that they can trust us not to take advantage of the relationship that we have with them."

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  4. Comment on The Outer Worlds won't launch on Steam, will be an Epic Games Store and Microsoft Store exclusive in ~games

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    And the worst thing is Obsidian probably didn't know it was happening until the last moment, since they were updating the steam store page until hours before the announcement.

    And the worst thing is Obsidian probably didn't know it was happening until the last moment, since they were updating the steam store page until hours before the announcement.

    14 votes
  5. Comment on The Outer Worlds won't launch on Steam, will be an Epic Games Store and Microsoft Store exclusive in ~games

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    Why exactly do you say that Steam has to be knocked down a few pegs?

    Why exactly do you say that Steam has to be knocked down a few pegs?

    12 votes
  6. Comment on Google fined $1.7 billion by EU for unfair advertising rules in ~tech

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    The fine, worth about $1.7 billion, is the third against Google by the European Union since 2017, reinforcing the region’s position as the world’s most aggressive watchdog of an industry with an increasingly powerful role in society and the global economy. The regulators said Google had violated antitrust rules by imposing unfair terms on companies that used its search bar on their websites in Europe.

    Europe is at the forefront of a broad debate about the role of tech platforms like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, and whether their size and power hurt competition.

    With the announcement on Wednesday, the European fines against Google total roughly €8.2 billion, or $9.3 billion. But the bloc has not received any of the money yet; Google is appealing the earlier decisions, and is mulling whether to appeal the most recent ruling.

    European regulators said the operators of the third-party websites using Google’s search bar had been required to display a disproportionate number of text ads from Google’s own advertising services over competing digital advertising companies.

    The practice, regulators said, undercut competitors, such as Microsoft and Yahoo, that were trying to challenge Google in search.

    “There was no reason for Google to include these restrictive clauses in its contracts, except to keep its rivals out of the market,” Ms. Vestager said at a news conference in Brussels.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Brexit: EU says short delay is possible if MPs back deal in ~news

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    The EU will only agree to a short delay to Brexit if MPs approve the current withdrawal agreement next week, Theresa May has been told.

    While a delay until 30 June "had its merits", he also suggested there were "political and legal" questions about delaying Brexit beyond 23 May - when European elections will be held.

    Meanwhile, an emergency debate is under way in Parliament, with Labour pressing for further detail about the PM's intentions and demanding that any delay is long enough to allow MPs to "break the impasse and find a way forward".

    At a highly charged Prime Minister's Questions earlier, Mrs May said MPs had "indulged themselves on Europe for too long" and voters "deserved better".

    But she added: "As prime minister I could not consider a further delay beyond 30 June."

    This was seen by some as an indication that Mrs May would resign rather than seek a further delay.

    The Labour [Jeremy Corbyn] leader will travel to Brussels on Thursday to meet the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier. He is also expected to hold talks with several EU 27 leaders.

    In her letter to Mr Tusk, the prime minister says she had wanted to hold a Commons vote on her withdrawal agreement this week but had been prevented from doing so by Commons Speaker John Bercow.

    But she adds: "It remains my intention to bring the deal back to the House."

  8. Comment on Would you go to Mars? in ~talk

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    I can't see myself ever going to Mars. I would like to help get other people there, but I am too cautious to ever risk it. Between the depressive nature of being stuck inside most if not all of...

    I can't see myself ever going to Mars. I would like to help get other people there, but I am too cautious to ever risk it. Between the depressive nature of being stuck inside most if not all of the day, seeing as the weak atmosphere lets cosmic radiation in, the fact that I would be confined there for a minimum of two years and the fact that almost all materials there want to kill me, I would rather stay comfortable in my house, where all my commodities are, and let the exploring to other people.